Eco-Friendly Teeth Tips

441CB6C5-D033-471D-AD3C-80CEE2F63AF8.JPG This year, I have been experimenting with different types of natural teeth care products because most generic toothpastes have potentially harmful ingredients. Some of these ingredients include a pesticide called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and a possible carcinogen called titanium dioxide. In addition, many recycling facilities can’t recycle toothpaste tubes because they are made from multiple plastics and can be difficult to clean.

So far I’ve tried natural toothpastes and tooth tabs, but haven’t gotten around to making my own. If you’re interested in making your own toothpaste, check out this article written by a dentist!

Whether you try natural toothpaste or tooth tabs, the flavor will most likely be different from what you’re used to. If you are interested in trying a natural toothpaste, such as Tom’s, I would recommend pairing it with a tooth oil to make your toothpaste taste more refreshing. OraMD was actually recommended to my mom by our dentist and I love it! Not only does it leave a refreshing minty flavor in my mouth, but it also has many added benefits. I would recommend buying OraMD in a set from Amazon and splitting the bottles between your friends or co-workers. This would be much cheaper than buying an individual bottle and you won’t have to restock for a while!

If you choose to buy Tom’s or Cologate products, send your empty bottles and tubes to TerraCycle for free. In addition, you’ll raise money for a school or non-profit of your choice!

Over the last month, I’ve been experimenting with Lush tooth tabs and mouth tabs. Transitioning from pastes and liquids to tablets has been an interesting experience. It took me a while to get used to having to grind the tablets in your mouth in order to use them. The tooth tabs foam up nicely just like normal toothpastes. While these tablets work well, I think I’ll have to spend time trying different tooth tab flavors to find one that I enjoy.

Lush package their tablet products in bottles made from 100% recycled plastic, so as long as you recycle or repurpose them after you’re done, you’ll be reducing waste. These tabs are also great for traveling or to keep in your bag for on the go. I have yet to try the tooth powder that Lush makes, but if you have tried this product let me know your thoughts!

 

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